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Grey Currawong

(Strepera versicolor)
Alternate name(s): "Grey Crow-shrike", "Grey Magpie", "Bell Magpie*", "Grey Bell-magpie", "Rain-bird*", "Squeaker*"
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Aboriginal name(s): "cur-ow-ung*" [awaba], "kirriwong*" [birbai], "wati-eri" [ramindjeri], "kiling-kildi" (lower Murray), "koolardi"; Race "plumbea": "djilok", "bela", "bali", "bil", "djabin" (WA)

Size: 44-57 cm; wing span 75-80 cm
Weight: 350 g (average); race "arguta" up to 440 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Grey Currawong at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "versicolor"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Grey Currawong (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Morass Creek Road, Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, September 2015]

Lateral view of a Grey Currawong (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Morass Creek Road, Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, September 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a Grey Currawong on a rainy day (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Near Omeo, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Grey Currawong (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Morass Creek Road, Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, September 2015]

Dorsal view of a Grey Currawong (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Morass Creek Road, Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, September 2015]

Race "plumbea"

ADULT

Partly obscured lateral view of an adult Grey Currawong (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Mundaring, 35 km East of Perth, WA, December 2014]

Lateral portrait of a Grey Currawong hiding in darkness (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Mundaring, 35 km East of Perth, WA, December 2014]

Race "arguta"

This race is also called the "Clinking Currawong".

ADULT

Lateral view of an adult Grey Currawong (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Near Peter Merrill Reserve, near Kingston, TAS, March 2016]

Lateral view of an adult Grey Currawong (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Near Peter Merrill Reserve, near Kingston, TAS, March 2016]

Grey Currawong in low flight, displaying the characteristic pattern with grey-streaked and grey-tipped flight feathers (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Near Peter Merrill Reserve, near Kingston, TAS, March 2016]

Direct comparison of a Grey Currawong, front, with a Forest Raven, back (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Near Peter Merrill Reserve, near Kingston, TAS, March 2016]

Race "halmaturina"

ADULT

Near-lateral view of an adult Grey Currawong (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[American River, Kangaroo Island, SA, March 2016]

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